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  • There's a reason the fundraising bike ride is titled Iron Butts for Bucks. It's no easy task to ride 1,000 miles on a motorcycle in less than 24 hours.

    Nevertheless, Brad Groom and Bruce "B.B." Bryant Jr. have completed such rides year after year, with the next one taking place this Friday, May 13. The rides aren't just for fun or to achieve the accomplishment of having completed them. Others pledge contributions and the proceeds benefit area nursing home residents.

  • Contestants in the 2nd Annual Bronson Blueberry Pageant put their best foot forward in the competition on Saturday morning, May 7.

    "I think it went great," one of the coordinators, Bronson Town Councilwoman Katie Parks said of the event. "We had great help and lots of support from the community. I think the kids had fun too, and that's really what the pageant is about."

    This year organizers said there were double the participants in the pageant as there were last year.

  • On Monday morning, Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race board members presented the Levy ARC with a check for the proceeds from the 39th annual Wild Hog race.

    The event raised $20,400, up from $19,400 last year.

    "Thanks for the opportunity to serve you," Wild Hog President Keith Maynard said at the presentation at the Levy ARC facilities. We love each one of y'all, he said.

    Maynard said they'd been called to do the race as a ministry and giving all the glory to God, they knew he'd continue to bless it.

  • Friends, family and community members all came out to support and raise funds for the Chiefland woman who is battling breast and ovarian cancer on Saturday, May 7.

    AMVETS Post 422 in conjunction with Post 42 hosted a poker run and event for Allie Johnson. Over $7,000 was raised the day of the event, with $16,000 being raised over all, including the value of a car which was purchased so Johnson would have transportation.

    "I'm very grateful for our small town," Johnson said.

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  • Free CPR Certification class — Wednesday, May 18, 4-6 p.m. at the Tri-County Community Resource Center at 15 N. Main St., Chiefland.

    Class instruction is sponsored by Central Florida Electric Cooperative and the cost of certification is sponsored by the local Children’s Partnership Council. You must be registered to attend. 

     

     

  • Thursdays

    Homemakers

    meeting

    The Levy County Home & Community Educators group meets the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension office at 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. There are no meetings during the summer months. For more information call 352-486-5131.

    Library Friends meeting

  • The annual Tri-Counties Relay for Life kicks off on Friday, May 13, at 6 p.m. at the Suwannee River Fair Pavilion in Fanning Springs.

    To help the fundraiser get off to a good start Carin Knighton, community manager of Relay for Life, front left, accepted a check from Whitney McQueen, communications specialist with Central Florida Electric Cooperative, and other employees of the cooperative. The cooperative employees organize the Light of Hope golf tournament each year and present the money to Relay.

  • Today, May 5

    FHP job fair for Troopers

    The Florida Highway Patrol will be opening its doors after regular business hours on Thursday, May 5, for a job fair at the Cross City FHP Station. Anyone interested in a career as a state trooper is urged to visit the station between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.

  • Several cadets of Manatee Division were recognized by local organizations and their commanding officer, Lieutenant Junior Grade Scott Arnold at their April drill.

    The first was League Cadet Nicholas Sikalos, age 12 of Spring Hill, selected as the Manatee Division League Cadet of the Year.

    Throughout the year these younger cadets are evaluated based on their attendance and performance at drills, grades in school, community service and advancement in the program.

  • Levy County Animal Services is holding an adoption event on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tractor Supply in Chiefland, according to David Weatherford, the department's director.

    There will also be hotdogs and sodas provided for prospective adopters.

    To help more pets fund their fur-ever homes, the Levy County Commission has approved lower fees for the event:

    • Dogs - $40 for males and $55 for females.

    • Cats - $25 for males and $40 for females. 

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  • The Levy County Historical Society has turned yet another page in the history of Levy County by purchasing the Atlantic Coast Line caboose located on County Road 326 in Gulf Hammock from a local family.

    After the purchase, Director Toni Collins set about finding out how one moves a caboose from one place to another. The caboose had been located on CR 326 for 14 years. Today it rests on the Gulf Hammock Wild Hog Canoe Race property at U.S. 19/98 and the Waccasassa River.

  • On Saturday, May 21, American Legion Post 236 of Bronson and the Auxiliary are uniting for a Quarter Auction/Bake Sale as a fundraiser starting at 2:00 p.m. sharp until 3:30 p.m.  

  • Thursdays

    Homemakers

    meeting

    The Levy County Home & Community Educators group meets the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension office at 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. There are no meetings during the summer months. For more information call 352-486-5131.

    Library Friends meeting

  • Today, April 21

    Citrus hospice holds volunteer training

    Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast will conduct its next General Orientation for new volunteers on Thursday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 304 N. Main St. in Chiefland.

    This prepares volunteers to assist in our offices, at the Thrift & Gift Shoppe, at Herry's Café and in community outreach work.

    To assist patients and their families, you will also need to complete the Patient Support Training Class, offered separately.

  • Organizers have described it as a community get together with some of the top ranked aerobatic pilots in the country.

    The second annual Cross City Fly-In and Expo is a free event taking place Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cross City Airport, and weather willing there will also be air balloon rides available around 7 a.m.

    "There should be some very interesting planes, a wide variety of styles," one of the event organizers Dana Sheffield of Fanning Springs said. There will be planes from the 1930s and 1940s to the newest ones built.

  • A fixture at local and county level government meetings, the mild mannered and unassuming Fanning Springs man who always seems to ask the pertinent questions on everyone's mind may not be known for what many would consider the great adventure that has filled his life.

    However, for Dana Sheffield flying airplanes was just that – a part of life. He went for his first airplane ride with his dad when he was two weeks old, Sheffield said according to what he'd been told by his parents who were both pilots.

  • The 39th Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race is all geared up for another year of wild and family fun times.

    The event will take place on Saturday, April 23 with proceeds benefiting the non-profit agency - ARC of Levy County.

    “It does a bunch for our organization,” ARC of Levy County Director Betty Walker said. It keeps their doors open and helps with operational expenses.

    “They work really hard at it too. We appreciate all they do,” she said.

  • A poker run is being held this weekend to benefit volunteer firefighters in Bronson.

    The AMVETS Riders Chapter 88 in Bronson will be hosting the event that is open to the public on Saturday with kickstands up at 10:30 a.m.

    “I think it’s great. I’m glad to see someone in the community going above and beyond to help the volunteer fire department,” Bronson Fire Chief Dennis Russell said in a telephone interview.